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Review: ‘J. Edgar’

Paying homage to film noir of a bygone Hollywood era through its low-light aesthetic and dramatic voiceovers, Clint Eastwood’s ambitious biopic “J. Edgar” is a complex character study of the notorious founding director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover, the film recounts both his achievements and abuses, interspersed with glimpses of a little-known personal life, in order to form a meditation on that grey area between morality, justice and power.

“The Social Network” screenwriter Sorkin and actors discuss film

Promoters for “The Social Network” are hammering home Facebook’s college connection, bringing the film back to campuses that provided the inspiration and the first users for the social networking site. The film was screened at Aquarius Theater in Palo Alto for a packed crowd of Stanford students on Sunday night, followed by a question-and-answer session Monday with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and actors Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Armie Hammer in Roble Theater.